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Virgin London Marathon training: Week 11

March 12, 2012

With my build-up race taking the place of the traditional Sunday long run, this week was all about getting back into my running stride. My neck has cleared up fully, so I think I’m out of the woods with my short flirtation with injury.

Monday, Friday and Saturday were rest days, so the week’s mileage was made up by a range of different commuter runs. Tuesday was a double run following the standard routes, Wednesday was a longer run home (with a slightly different route around Spitalfields Market to scout out a leg for the next day) and Thursday was an even longer commuter run home with a bit of a diversion…

There are several interesting running initiatives around London (as you might expect from such a crowded city, these things sort of bubble up all over the place). One that’s currently attracting a bit of attention is Home Run, which is a series of guided runs between tube stations to encourage people to try running rather than catching the tube. At the moment, it’s free, and Home Run provide either a car or a baggage bike to carry any luggage so commuters can run entirely unencumbered. Following the success of the first couple of routes, a number of new routes are opening up next week, and I’m going to be a lead runner for the Thursday run from Canary Wharf to West Ham.

My Thursday run was a dry run (excuse the pun), with a five-mile run to Canary Wharf, a three-mile run between tube stations and a seven-mile run back from West Ham to Seven Sisters. Although it might sound like a bit of a faff, I think it sounds like a great idea, and I’m quite excited for the first real run in the coming week. It’s also a great way to squeeze in some easy mileage as the route (once out of the city centre) is fairly low on traffic.

And then, after two days of rest, came the Silverstone Half-marathon. You can read the race report here, but all you need to know is that it didn’t go to plan. However, these things happen, and there’s no point dwelling on it. There are just six weeks left until the marathon, and it’s time to start stepping up the training. The focus is now on getting long steady runs under my belt and nailing a few faster sessions. Onwards and upwards.

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